Southern US Collard Greens

Collard Greens are an incredible green.  They are a side dish, yet they can hold their own as a salad as well.  They have depth, sweetness, smokiness, and just the right amount of bitterness that complete the journey of saveurs (flavors) that make it an unbelievable vegetable.  In addition to tasting delicious, they also provided large amounts of Vitamin C, Fiber, and potent anti-cancer properties.

In my ambition to continue our healthy living and eating, I began to incorporate this vegetable into our meals. To start, I saute garlic and onion in olive oil and then add a couple of diced strips of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon.

Southern US Collard Greens Recipe:
serves 2 people
Ingredients:
1 lb. organic collard greens
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 sweet onion, diced
olive oil
2 strip Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
chicken broth
salt to taste
Directions:
  1. Rinse each collard green leaf  under running water.
  2. Tear green leaf apart from stem on collard, and retain only green leaves.
  3. Take handful of the torn greens, roll  them up to fit comfortably in your hand.  Slice on cutting board in 1 inch strips, as if you were slicing bread.  Cut again in the opposite direction.
  4. Saute the minced garlic and onion in a sautéing pan, while it begins to heat.  Dice up 2 strips of Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, and add to pan. Cook garlic, onion, and bacon in pan until onions start to turn translucent.
  5. Add collard greens to pan and stir to mix well.  Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Add enough chicken broth to almost cover greens, reduce heat to low-medium, and cover.  Cook for at least 1 hour, stirring frequently.  Add more broth as needed.
  7. Salt to taste.

Look for Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon at your local butcher or specialty grocer such as The Fresh Market.  The benefit of Nueske’s bacon is that you can buy 1-2 pounds at a time and use only what you need.  It will easily last 2 weeks in the refrigerator if wrapped tightly in butcher paper, without compromising quality or taste.  If you absolutely cannot find it at your local specialty shops, it can be ordered direct from Nueske’s or Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but at a much higher price.

*french

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